Thursday, March 06, 2008

Quote

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared,
and then he is gone.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower,
U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

10 comments:

Nator said...

That is a great quote and so true. I assume you are using this quote in an evangelistic sense. Those that rail against Christians not being "true" should look at this and see if their methods are resulting in this.

Roland said...

Nator,
It certainly can be used that way.
But I think it applies to anything.
Definitely a good point you brought up.

Nator said...

You're right. I have been looking at things a bit negatively lately. I guess it is because I feel so sad. (I still say I shouldn't have taken that test).

I will try to be better next time.

Wonder Woman said...

A good quote for raising kids ;)

Nator, SUCK IT UP already, sheesh...go change a few answers and be happy :)

La, la, la...

Wonder Woman said...

LMAO!

Doorman-Priest said...

I'm sure Jesus said that first.

WayneDawg said...

Darn it.....I tried not to comment on this but, lol, I can't help it.

I like the quote, I really do....just not as an application for evangelism...sorry Nator ;)

I would rather wave my arms above my head and warn a person that the bridge is out.

This is how I see evangelism:

I'm driving down a stretch of orad late at night, its rainy and quite foggy. I'm coming up to the bridge that will cross the great gulf that takes me home. But as I look ahead I see that there is something wrong; something does not look right. As I get closer and closer my suspicions are confirmed; the bridge is out.

I bring the car to a screeching halt, inches from driving of the great plunge to my certain death.

I am very joyful that I saw that the bridge was out. While I'm standing there celebrating that I'm alive and well, to my horror I see another car coming toward the bridge at a vey high rate of speed.

I start running in the direction of the car in hopes of stopping him well in advance of the gap that will lead him to certain death.

I manage to stop him and he rolls down his window. What's wrong he says. The bridge is out up ahead I frantically try to tell him. Don't be silly he says, I travel this road every day, that bridge is the safest bridge in the country. No, I tell him, see my car down there with the lights on, I'm mere inches from going off the cliff; the bridge is out. I even take him down there to show him that the bridge isn't there anymore.

He tells me that he doesn't believe the bridge is out and quite frankly that I don't know anything about the theory of bridges.

As he goes back to his car I implore him to turn around and go the other way. He refuses and takes off at full speed toward the broken bridge....I jump up and down, wave my arms and keep yelling the bridge is out! The bridge is out!

Sadly, I watch him drive off the road and into the pit of darkness, never to be seen alive again.

I did all I could except physically pull him out of the car. What else could I have done? I gave the evidence that the bridge was out, I told him what would happen if he tried to drive over where the bridge used to be...

I did all I could do.


That's how I see evangelism.

Acacia said...

I like the "bridge out" story, but couldn't that also be used to explain a Christian's faith as we drive off a cliff trusting our LORD? While all the non- christians in our life shake their heads--haha.

Nator said...

Another good quote would be, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." I don't know who said it, but it is a good quote.

I think I could take just about any story or quote and make it an analogy about what I want it to say. Example, the story about the bridge could be an analogy about blindly following (acacia), or about trust in your religous viewpoint. (The bridge is your tradition that you believe in, and what if it isn't right?)

Just saying.

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone! See, I am not sad anymore!

Roland said...

Acacia,
Very true.

Nator,
Great points. And just so you know, I said it CAN be used that way. But I think it applies to so much more.

Wayne,
What I said to Nator. I'm curious though, what happens if there is an invisible bridge. And our faith shows in our willingness to drive out on it.
What if you're particular idiom is keeping people from getting to where they're going?
What if what you think is right, isn't? And people never get to what they are supposed to get to?